The Best 14 Survival Foods To Grow After SHTF

You can store as much food as you can but eventually it will run out or worst case scenario a disaster will destroy everything you have worked hard to store and prepare and leave you with nothing but your life. This is why learning how to grow and find food is one of the most important skills in a survival situation.

Growing Your Survival Garden

One of the best ways to get a good food source in a survival situation is by growing your own food. This will give you the ability to prepare for hard times, be self sufficient, and have the choice to add high quality nutritious food to your diet and food storage.

Having a survival garden is the best and easiest way to grow food efficiently for your survival. It doesn’t matter if you have a big or small yard, small plot, or even just pots or containers you will still be able to grow your food effectively and be self sufficient with the right knowledge.

Gardening is also a great way to relieve the stress brought about by emergency situation or disasters by giving you a feeling of accomplishment when your plants grow. It will greatly improve you and your family’s survival morale because it’s rewarding, therapeutic, and satisfying.

The Best Survival Food to Grow

The best survival foods to grow would be the ones that are easy to grow and has the right nutritional balance, caloric viability for survival purposes, and long-term storage capabilities. Foods that are heavy on calories like potatoes, sweet potatoes, sun flowers (for their seeds), root crops, and dry beans are good examples of survival crops and if you have a larger space for gardening you can also add wheat, corn, and oats which can be stored for years if done correctly. Here is a list of easy to grow vegetables for survival situations:

· Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of the easiest foods to grow as long as there is sunlight and water. You can choose from a variety of tomatoes depending on what type you like. You can also preserve tomatoes for later consumption which is very ideal for survival.

· Pole Beans

This is one of the easiest vegetables to grow and can produce nearly twice as many beans as bush beans. Pole beans are sweeter and tenderer and they provide great nutritional value which is very important in a survival situation. Pole beans are also good for the soil as they provide nitrogen to the ground making it easier to plant other crops.

· Zucchini

Also known as summer squash, this is a great survival food to grow because it is very easy to grow and full of nutrients. This is one of the most common vegetables that grow in gardens.

· Onion

Very ideal for your survival garden as it is the easiest food to grow and can be stored and preserved for later consumption.

Here are more examples of survival seeds that you can plant in your survival garden in different weathers. These seeds have high yield quantity, very easy to grow, and has a high nutritional content which makes them very ideal survival crops:

· Barley

One of the most ideal grains to plant in your survival garden as it has loads of health benefits and a variety of uses such as grinding the grains for flour, feeding livestock, and for making beer. Barley is also very high in manganese and dietary fiber.

· Beans

Beans are a good source of fiber, calcium, Vitamins A, C and K and are very easy to grow making it one of the best survival crops.

· Broccoli

This is also one of the easiest vegetables to grow and is very ideal for a survival garden because it has the tendency to give yields past its first harvest giving you more food for storage. Broccoli is also a good source of nutrients needed for survival diet as it is rich in protein, vitamins A and K.

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· Carrot

This is a very easy vegetable grow but prefers cooler weather and should be grown in the fall winter, and early spring. It is a good source of beta carotene and Vitamin A which is very essential for your survival nutrition.

· Cauliflower

This vegetable has a high head yield which is very good for your food storage. It is also a good source of vitamins C and K and is rich in dietary fiber.

· Corn

Corn is a very good source of proteins, iron, and calcium. This is an ideal survival crop as it can produce two ears per stalk giving you a higher yield compared to other crops. This is a warm weather crop sop it is good to plant it on summer time.

· Cucumber

This is one of the ideal survival crops as with continuous picking of this crop increases its production. They are also a good source of vitamin A, C, K and potassium which are very good for a survival diet.

· Eggplant

A very good survival vegetable as it is very versatile to cook with. This crop is a very good source of vitamins B1 and B6 and is high in fiber and antioxidants. Egg plants are also warm weather crops and should be planted after the last frost.

· Lettuce

This plant grows quickly and one of the earliest crops to harvest plus it is the easiest vegetable to grow and its harvest can be extended making it a vey ideal crop for your survival garden. Lettuce is packed with iron, calcium, and essential vitamins and nutrients like vitamins A, B6, C, and k.

· Radish

A very ideal crop to plant in a survival garden as it is very easy to grow and very tolerant of weather conditions. Radishes are also rich in Vitamin B6, vitamin C, iron, and dietary fiber.

Here is a list of low, moderate, and high -calorie crops that can be grown from seeds with links to amazon in case you want to add them to your emergency kit:


Peanuts: 1,200 calories

Sunflower seeds: 800 calories

Soybeans: 300 calories

Navy beans, chick peas: 250 calories

Kidney, lima, and fava beans; black eyed peas; parsnips: 200 calories

Peas, carrots, turnips, rutabaga: 100 calories


Cantaloupe: 200 calories per whole melon

Cabbage: 200 calories per head

Tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, green beans, collard greens: 50 calories per 8 oz.


Cauliflower and turnip greens: 34 calories per 8 oz.

Peppers: 30 calories per 8 oz.

Mustard greens: 25 calories per 8 oz.

Cucumbers: 14 calories per 8 oz.

Lettuce: 10 calories per 8 oz.

Celery: 10 calories per stalk

Making your own survival garden is a great way to provide food for you and your family in a survival situation. Having the right knowledge will give you more crop yields and food for your storage. Researching and finding the best plants for you and your family will ensure a wide variety of food choices in a survival situation and will give each person good nutrition and high amount of energy keeping everyone’s spirits up.

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  6. substitute KALE!!! for lettuce. If you want SURVIVAL food grow something with some nutrients in it.
    Lettuce is a waste of space.

  7. First of all, if you plan on learning how to garden AFTER an event that forces yo to try and survive on your garden, you will have about as much of a chance as trying to learn how to fly a plane when the pilot has a heart attack.
    Gardening is NOT easy. Even with perfect soil and weather neither of which exist on 99% of the Earth’s surface. No mention of diseases, bugs, birds, mice, rabbits, raccoon, opossum, squirrels, neighbors, wind, hail etc. etc.. They will take your food faster than it will grow.
    I have been gardening for years and it is still a HOBBY. I plan on using my garden to merely supplement my other food storage.
    My suggestion? Learn to eat what is already growing in your area first, then start to learn to garden TODAY, if gardening is your plan. Don’t spend your money on books. Spend your time on getting in shape and your money on sure things like freeze dried proteins and learn to grow sprouts for vitamins and nutrient density.

  8. This is all good info, but useless if all the soil in the U.S. is radioactive after a major nuclear attack. Even if people survive in shelters, they couldn’t grow anything for many years.

  9. The list is highly questionable. Lettuce has very low nutritional value, corn has to be properly prepared to release its nutrients and several others on the list have little natural storage ability. That is not a survival garden. Look at what people who have to survive on their gardens actually grow and you will find potatoes, cabbage, winter squashes and other vegetables that store well without extensive supplies to preserve them.

    1. Adam is right you have the whole list here. I grow a lot of cabbage, green pole beans to can, potatoes, onions, carrots, beets, all store great in a root cellar. zucchini produces a lot but hard to keep. didn’t even mention greens that grow year round with a greenhouse, kale chard etc.

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